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Calretinin is a calcium-binding protein related to calbindin-D28k; both are present in different though overlapping sets of neurons in brains of birds and mammals. We describe in detail the pattern of calretinin immunoreactivity in the rat brain. As in chick brain, calretinin immunoreactivity is abundant in various sensory pathways (particularly certain(More)
Calretinin and calbindin-D28k are homologous calcium-binding proteins, each present in a variety of neurons in the brain. Their distributions in the rat brain have been compared at the cellular level to determine whether they tend to occur in the same or in different cells, and to determine whether calbindin-positive cells show any common features once(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-beta 1) is thought to be the mediator of fibrosis in liver, glomerular, and pulmonary fibrosis. This study investigated the expression of TGF-beta 1 precursor (beta 1 latency-associated peptide), latent TGF-beta 1-binding protein (LTBP), and TGF-beta 1 messenger RNA (mRNA) in chronic pancreatitis. (More)
GTPCH-I immunoreactive structures in the rat brain were studied using a polyclonal antibody raised in the chick. General mapping was made using the avidin-biotin-peroxidase technique and compared with the distribution of tyrosine hydroxylase and serotonin immunoreactivities. Double immunofluorescence was performed in order to establish real intracellular(More)
Calbindin 28K and calretinin are very similar calcium binding proteins which are both present in the central nervous system (CNS). They respectively bind 4 and 5 Ca++ ions. We have compared by immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization their localisation in the brain and the retina. The two proteins are generally expressed in different neurons with a(More)
A collection of Erwinia strains (chrysanthemi and carotovora) was screened for temperate phages. One of them, phiEC2, turned out to be a generalized transducing phage. The structure of its DNA was found to be 62 kb long, terminally redundant, and circularly permuted. The transducing properties of the phage are also briefly described.
The lurcher mutation induces Purkinje cell degeneration in heterozygous mice, and neonatal death in homozygous animals. Using the D6Mit16 Simple Sequence Length Polymorphic marker in F2 hybrids between AKR +/+ mice and B6+/Lc mice, homozygous lurcher fetuses and newborns as well as heterozygous and normal littermates were identified, and their brain(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) is a putative mediator of fibrosis in several chronic diseases. Recently, chronic pancreatitis was suggested to be related to acute pancreatitis in the so-called necrosis-fibrosis sequence hypothesis. The present study investigated whether TGF-beta is able to promote chronic fibrosis after(More)
We used human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) cultures to investigate in vitro the antiproliferative effects of suramin and of its analogue, Eriochrome Black T. The cell cycle phases of interest were characterised with specific immune sera raised against cyclin D(1), cyclin E and proliferating nuclear cell antigen (PCNA). Simultaneous detection of(More)
Biosynthesis of the tetrahydrobiopterin (BH(4)) cofactor, essential for catecholamines and serotonin production and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) activity, requires the enzymes GTP cyclohydrolase I (GTPCH), 6-pyruvoyl-tetrahydropterin synthase (PTPS), and sepiapterin reductase (SR). Upon studying the distribution of GTPCH and PTPS with polyclonal immune sera(More)